Sunday, December 28, 2008
Safety Deposit “Bernie the Bunny” Box
The label on the box of Annie's Sour Cream & Onion Cheddar Bunnies that Debra Rogoff bought from Whole Foods in Tustin, TX, should have read: organic wheat flour, expeller pressed vegetable oil (safflower and/or sunflower), sour cream and onion seasoning [whey, nonfat milk, onion, sour cream (cream, nonfat milk, cultures), torula yeast, citric acid, garlic, spice], aged white cheddar cheese (pasteurized milk, cultures, salt, non-animal enzymes), yeast extract, salt, onion, yeast, ground celery seed, annatto for natural color; and $10,000.00, because that amount of money was also in the box.
Apparently, an elderly customer, who had lost all faith in financial institutions, stashed her life savings in the “Bernie the Bunny” box. She purchased two boxes of crackers and needed only one, so when she returned one of the boxes to the store, it was the wrong box – the one with the stash. She panicked and returned to the store to retrieve it, but the store had restocked its shelf of Annie's Sour Cream & Onion Cheddar Bunnies and sold the box containing the loot for roughly $3.29.
Meanwhile, after purchasing and opening the box of crackers, the Rogoffs called the police, thinking that the $10,000 might have been part of a drug drop, and they wanted to put the perceived drug cartel out of business.
"We would never feel good about spending it," Rogoff said.
The store manager told the police about the elderly customer, who left her name and telephone number at the Customer Service desk, in case the box was returned; and this story has a happy ending.
The Rogoffs received a free box of Annie's Sour Cream & Onion Cheddar Bunnies; and the elderly customer was advised on how to safely hide money at home in rodent and fire-proof frozen vegetables; cold storage, so to speak. However, this granny had another anti-theft device up her sleeve, as well.
Source Yahoo News